The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed to revoke the regulation authorizing the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food.
The agency has concluded that the intended use of BVO in food is no longer considered safe after the results of studies conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found the potential for adverse health effects in humans.
BVO is a vegetable oil that is modified with bromine. It is authorized by the FDA for use in small amounts to keep the citrus flavoring from separating and floating to the top of some beverages. In 1970, the FDA determined BVO was no longer “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) and began overseeing its use under the food additive regulations. Over the years many beverage makers have reformulated their products to replace BVO with an alternative ingredient, and today, few beverages in the U.S. contain BVO.
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